Brenda and I were part of the "Hen House" and then roommates for 2 years until she served as a bridesmaid in my wedding in Salt Lake City, May 1976. She was an example of faithfulness to God in all circumstances, and had the ability to bring light into the darkest spaces. Her life was an early formative influence on mine, and her death impacted me more profoundly that I expected, causing me to reminisce and recognize a lot of her character traits I had not seen when I was young.
We continued to be sisters in Christ through all the years and Al &I were pleased to be able to visit her and Steve in 2004. I have attached photos of these occasions. I rejoice that I will see her again in heaven!
My dear friend Brenda, your thoughtfulness, generosity, wisdom, faith and your humor will be sorely missed. I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to journey with you, be in each other's wedding party and share similar dates of our first born daughters. Grace & peace to Steve, Liz and the rest of her loved ones.
With everlasting joy and laughter we will remember Brenda. She loved God, Steve and Liz, animals, children, took joy in our children, and called out "prayer mode" as we bowed our heads in unison so prayer time started with a chuckle. She meant great cooking, a listening ear, Godly counsel, and more laughter. She would come through my back door calling "It's just me!" when she needed to take a break on her way home from a long day of work. She was honest with her emotions, honest with her friendships and honest with her love. With other new couples to Bellingham, we formed a group that met weekly for a meal, singing, prayer and study that went on for years creating bonds that will never end, enduring past our time on this earth.
We will always love her, always miss her, and look forward with joy to seeing her again.
Dear Steve and Elizabeth:
I'm so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. I have many memories from when Elizaberh was a baby, and we gathered as moms with our little ones to go to the parks, share our joys of motherhood, and pray as a group of moms about our familys and children...spend times of laughter and sharing life together. Our kids grew up, we moved a couple of times...but, occasionally ran into each other to keep in touch. I do know we'll be re-uniting in Heaven someday...so, I look forward to that Blessed day!
My sympathies to you and your family. Brenda will be greatly missed!